Property safe but Banburyshire roads and footpaths are 'still at risk of flooding'

Property in the Banbury area appears to have escaped flooding from Storm Dennis, according to the Environment Agency.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:13 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 5:13 pm
Dawn photo by Paul Mobbs shows the aftermath of huge rainfall near Banbury

The agency says inundation of buildings is not now expected but river levels remain high on the River Cherwell with flooding of fields down to Heyford and in and around the Sor Brook through the countryside and villages to the west of Banbury.

The Agency's website is being updated twice a day.

It says: "Levels (of the River Cherwell) had dropped overnight near Woodford Halse and Cropredy. However in Banbury we have seen levels rising, this rise in levels looks to have slowed down this morning (Mnoday) and we expect them to begin lowering by the end of today.

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Swollen river at Spiceball Park, Banbury. Picture by Paul Mobbs

"Property flooding is not currently expected (in the vicinity of the Sor Brook. River levels remain high on the Sor and Bloxham Brooks, particularly the Sor Brook, but the water should have started to flow back within its banks overnight.

"Water will remain in fields for the next few days. No property flooding is currently expected but flooding of low-lying land, footpaths and roads is still possible as we receive further rainfall.

"The forecast is for a mostly dry day with a chance of some heavy showers, we are closely monitoring the situation."

High winds caused trees to fall all over Banburyshire. On Saturday evening a tree fell across the B4035 near Broughton and another over the A361 at Wardington.

Flooding in Spiceball Park. Picture by Paul Mobbs
Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding over farmland in and around Banbury. Picture by Paul Mobbs
The flooded weir at Spiceball Park. Picture by Georgina Fenemore